French violinist and violist Jean-Michel Jacquon has been a professional orchestra musician for almost 30 years and has accompanied the biggest names in classical music such as Izthak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo Yo Ma, Ruggiero Ricci, Sarah Chang, Luciano Pavarotti, Andre Watts, Emanuel Ax, Midori and Renee Fleming.

Jean-Michel played under such renowned conductors as Maestro Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Phillipe Entremont and Pierre Boulez.

As a long time member of the community, Mr. Jacquon has also played for the Hawaii Opera Theater Orchestra, Ballet Hawaii, Bach Society Orchestra, Maui Symphony, Galliard String Quartet, Chamber Music Hawaii and BYU Chamber Orchestra.
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Jean-Michel was born in Lyon, France and graduated from the Lyon National Music Conservatory (CNR) at the age of 16. That same year, he was accepted into the Lyon National Superior Music Conservatory (CNSM)  for graduate studies. After receiving a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Summer Music Camp in Michigan, Jean-Michel won the competition for the only full merit scholarship to go study at the University of Michigan with famed violinist, Ruggiero Ricci.

After an intense two years of study with Maestro Ricci, Jean-Michel was invited to Michigan State University as a Visiting Scholar and became the second violinist of the International String Quartet. When violist Robert Dan of the New World String Quartet joined the faculty, Jean-Michel took the opportunity to study the viola as well. In addition, he also studied chamber music during summer academies with William Preucil and Joseph Fuchs of the Juilliard School.

Mr. Jacquon was a member of the "Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble", "Orchestre de Chambre de Chambery", the "Lyon Opera Orchestra", Midland Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Saginaw Symphony, Flint Symphony, Greater Lansing Symphony, Lansing Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and Detroit Symphony before joining the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in 1992.

As a member of the Honolulu Pops, Mr. Jacquon played with artists such as Keali Rachel, Brother Cazimero, Brother IZ (in 93 at the Waikiki Schell), Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Pat Benatar, Ray Charles, Mahattan Transfer, Diana Krall and Rosemary Clooney for which the Honolulu Pops' live recording concert was nominated for a Grammy.

Mr. Jacquon has worked with film composers Marvin Hamlish, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Mikael Giacchino. He has also played at the world premiere of the movie "Pearl Harbor" for the Disney Corporation and his latest musical endeavor is the recording of the soundtrack for the movie "Princess Kaiulani" in 2010.

The highlights of Mr. Jacquon's career as a violinist includes playing at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and as a violist, playing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

As a teacher, Mr. Jacquon taught violin at the Suzuki Institute at Michigan State University. Since 1997, he is the Director of the After School Strings Program at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua. Mr. Jacquon's students go on to win auditions for the Hawaii Youth Orchestra every year since 1997. His students have been Principals and Concertmasters of their sections at schools including Punahou, Iolani and Moanalua. Many have received scholarships for universities and are pursuing careers in the musical field.

Mr. Jacquon is a member of the American String Teachers Association, (ASTA), the Suzuki Association of America, (SAA), the Suzuki Association of Hawaii, (SAH), the Hawaii Music Teachers Association (HMTA), and the Music Teachers National Association (MNTA).

Jean-Michel plays a copy of a "Rocco Merli" violin made in Germany in 1860. His viola is an American modern instrument made by Helmut Keller in Philadelphia in 1973.

 When he is not performing or teaching, Jean-Michel enjoys movies, photography and sports, specially jogging, and has run the Honolulu Marathon twice.

 Mr. Jacquon was invited to join the new Hawaii Symphony Orchestra full time in the spring of 2012.
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